Australia Vs Sri Lanka

Australia use sheer pace to beat Sri Lanka at Barbados

Michael Clarke the Australian captain did the right thing to bat first after winning the toss. Sangakkara also admitted that he too would have taken first lease of the Kensington Oval pitch, had he called correct.

Sri Lanka made three changes to the side that beat the West Indies. Randiv replaced the injured Muralitheran, while Chanaka Welegedera got the nod in place of Kulasekera; the tour selectors also brought back Dinesh Chandimal in place of Thisara Perera, meanwhile the Australian named an unchanged team that beat tournament favorites India.

Australia one of the strongest batting line ups in world cricket, were in for a rude shock. Shane Watson was bowled neck and crop in the very first over by Angelo Mathews, after which Brad Haddin‘s cameo of 15 runs came to a brisk end when Mathews had him caught by Jayasuriya at mid off for 15. Suraj Randiv then stuck a double blow when he had David Warner caught by Jayewardene at first slip for 9, and dished out a first ball duck to David Hussey, who was guilty of playing the wrong line, and the mighty Aussies were stunned to read the score card on the big screen which read Australia 30 for 4 wickets in the 6th over.

We all know what Cameron White is capable of. Cameron is rated as a player who can take the game away from the opposition with his exquisite stroke play and big hitting. Ajantha Mendis could not hold on to a difficult chance when the right hander was on 23 off a Suraj Randiv’s off spin that spun onto his pads and the miscued sweep was let off at mid wicket. The opportunity went a begging with Australia on 66. Randiv stuck in the same over, when he had skipper Michael Clarke beaten and bowled for 14, however the big fish in Cameron White was still at the wickets relishing the life he got.

The burly Australia made Sri Lanka pay for their folly. In a 49 ball knock he thumped six sixes and six fours and was severe against Ajantha Mendis and Chanaka Welegedera. Meanwhile Michael Hussey the silent operator got his act right and the pair put on an unbeaten partnership of 101 runs to take Australia to a winning score of 168.

Defending a target of 169 on a pitch that helped the quick’s was just what the Aussies hoped for. Their dreaded seam department led by Dirk Nannes, Mitchell Johnston Johnson and Shaun Tait were all over the Sri Lankan batsmen. The extra pace and bounce wrecked the top order batsmen. Steven Smith the lone wrist spinner capitalized as well and accounted for two scalps that of Kapugedera and Dinesh Chandimal, as Sri Lanka’s strong batting line up folded for 87 all out in 16.4 overs.

Australia deserved to win, even though, their top order failed, their middle order played catch up cricket, after they were tottering on 67 for six wickets at the end of the 11th over. They would have settled for 135 at this stage, but class acts like White and Hussey prove the pundits wrong with their extra talent, skill and temperament.

Sri Lanka will be disappointed, but they are a unit who can learn from their mistakes and bounced back and come at the opposition hard. They do have an opportunity tomorrow when they take on India. Sangakkara in a post match press conference clearly stated just that, hence Sri Lanka is still not out from booking a berth in the semi finals. They will need a big turnaround. They have done it before and they will aim to achieve their objective tomorrow against the Indians at St Lucia.

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  • Donna

    Mahela will be best player of the serious, SL will bring the trophy.
    Our boys are well talented, God will save us, Miracle around them. Please pray for SL. team.

  • DIXON

    ALL SRILANKANS…… PLEASE PRAY FOR SRILANKA TO QUALIFY FOR THE SEMI FINAL… GOD ONLY CAN DO THE MIRACLE FOR OUR TEAMS….

  • Dayan

    Sanga as a caption is very bad and lacking inovative thinking. i do not knaw what has happened to the guy, he was a great batter prrior to captancy. Mahela is a great person and has got the best persinality to lead the team. Why this politics in the team, this is a national asset canot not used for some ones personal interest and some ones dictatorship. Where is Vass? welagedara promited even the guy laks intensity, Thushara is not given a chance, no balls to Sanath? Sanga why this politics, why this bad captancy? Sanga had a great respect and personality prrior to his take over of capanacy, now he has proved he is a bad selfish person as most others. you are no more a rallmodel for us.

  • Randy

    Few Points to Win the Series;
    1) Sanga should not change the balller when the baller is balling on a very good line and length and taking wickets: please let the baller to carry on: I have observed on many occasions Sanga change the baller when the baller has found the good line and length, & taking wickets
    2) Remember, it is a disaster to ball with our fast ballers without thirdman or fine leg: they tend to stray down either way
    3) Mendis and Malinga — NO FULL-TOSES please…: ball full-toses if you want your ball to go over the rope….
    4)Sana.. I think the time has come for you to resign with respect and dignity: you understand it more than anyone else…
    5)Remember..always bat first in this tournament: our batting is such unpredictable…
    6)Malinga is a wicket taker; not a run restricter: I do not understand why we use him for final overs….

  • Madhu

    Mendis had got wickets in the tournament, but he is not so impressive with his bowling and specially with his fielding. I think Mendis and Welagedara should left out from tommorow game(IND game). Thisara Perera and Kulasekara are good players, they should play tommorow. Specially Thisara Perera is a good batsman. Sanga should open the innings with Mahela, you know no.3 batsman can use as a opening batsman. Sanath should play as the last recognised batsman. We can use Sanath as a bowler. Dilshan is onece again back in the form, so that he useful as no.4 or 5 batsman. Chandimal or Kapugedara can use as no. 3 batsman. Please think about my idea. Thanx..!!

  • Dan

    Why cant every one say go to jayasuriya. Yes he was a good player before, but it’s time to go.So greedy. Thats all. Get rid of him back the rest of the guys.

  • ranga

    WHAT IS THIS? 87?????????
    I Think better we can find new player for T20 matches.
    Like chandimal. Jeewan. Schintha. Kulutunga. Dilshan munaweera. Chinthaka.
    please re selection separately team like 50 over’s & 20 matches.
    please, please . Please……………………

  • wijayatunga

    This is an obvious result when a team is selected not by individual merits but to please “some” politicins/officials/people inclusing players themselves. I saw no real criket stroke form Jayasuriya. He is old enough to misread real fast bowling. There are many good players in the SL domestic criket but they are not included for the very reason that I have mentioned above. One thing about Sangakkara is that he is a bad decision maker. He did not give the ball to Jayasuriya who is supposed to bowl. He continued with Mendis , etc. who were going all over the park! Also Sanggaka’s batting is pathetic! Another thing is that our team cannot handle good quality fast bowling. They need to practise that before they think of a worl cup winning

  • http://- Poorna

    thats T20,hope SLns will bounce back in much slower St.Lucia track
    GO SRI LANKA!!!!!

  • surr marley

    dili back in form but dnt let him to open the innigs he can bat @number 2 or 3 our lions can win this………………ela kollo ela

  • Murali

    Its crazy Cricket.
    Better thing don’t wasted our time & cash.
    Please resignation the SLC. Selection committee & SrIlanka captan. Dilshan .Jayasuriya.
    They like School boys.
    What are you doing there.
    Please Hon C.B Check this our cricket & do some thing without political involving.

  • deepak

    HA HA HA HA Eternal losers

  • Premasiri

    We should’ve sent players who’ve proved their capabilities in the domestic tournaments at consistent basis. That is what other countries like Australia & England do. Sangakkara, Dilshan & Kapugedara have done nothing in the recent past to be played in this tournament. Chinthaka Jayasinghe who has been asked to sit on the bench is a far better batsmen.
    For bowlers, the tall ones the likes of Dilhara, Sachithra & SajeewaW would do better than most of these selectors’ favorites, on these bouncy WI tracks.
    The politician is a big burden to this National side.